Conservation Events and Involvement
Making Birds and Plants Count
Part of the Environmental Science Center's Protecting Our Watersheds lecture series.
When: Thursday, October 24, 2019. 5:30 PM reception, lecture from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166
Cost: FREE. Register here.
Transit: Several transit lines pass near the Burien Community Center. Plan your trip here.
Parking: ADA accessible parking stalls are available Burien Community Center parking lot.
Flora and fauna play a big role in the health of our natural surroundings, but also fuel and inspire us. Learn about their impact on various cultures, how you can take part in community science projects and how you can help them from home!
Cities as Climate Refugia for Birds and Wildlife: Joshua Morris, Seattle Audubon's Urban Conservation Manager
Over the past century, development has been the primary driver of population decline for most bird species. Climate change now poses an additional threat. One hundred eighty-nine bird species in Washington State are climate threatened projected to lose more than 50% of suitable habitat by 2080. Ensuring a place for our birds will require us to protect critical habitat. Or perhaps create it. Joshua Morris, Seattle Audubuns urban conservation manager will discuss how cities have great potential to enhance habitat values and may become refugia for climate threatened species. Urban landscapes are already intensively managed (e.g., controlling invasive species in parks, or watering street trees during periods of prolonged drought) and with some planning, urban habitats can provide stable and abundant resources to wildlife as climate, wildfire, and land-use changes create more unpredictability elsewhere. Seattle Audubons Neighborhood Flyways initiative seeks to maintain, enhance, and connect habitat patches across the urban landscape for greater habitat function and to provide food resources for birds throughout the year. It envisions a healthy, growing urban forest that improves the quality of life for all Seattleites human or otherwise.
If You Can Count, You Can Help Birds: Kharli Rose
Birds can inspire and enlighten us, so its now time to uplift them. They face increasing threats, but you can help by simply counting them. Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Their populations are dynamic and constantly in flux, which can make monitoring them challenging. Community science projects, such as the Great Backyard Bird Count, Christmas Bird Counts, Project Feeder Watch and eBird submissions provide the big picture about what is happening to bird populations. The more data is collected, the more scientists can investigate far-reaching questions about birds, the environment, and our role within in theirs. Regardless of your birding skill level, Kharli Rose will share resources and information about upcoming counts and community projects that you can sometimes do from your own home. Kharli spent a decade in the news industry and began birding in the middle of it. This joy soon revealed many natural connections and a desire to share them with others. Working with national estuary programs, county conservation and natural resource departments and local Audubon groups were wonderful conduits. As the community engagement manager at the Environmental Science Center, Kharli is thrilled to fuse environmental stewardship with community engagement, especially in spreading the bird word.